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Red Cross Continues to Provide Relief in Union City Area

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We will continue to be a resource for the community and to provide for the immediate needs of those who have been affected.

Aid Station Open at Union City Volunteer Fire Department.

In response to Tuesday night’s severe weather, the local American Red Cross continues to provide relief to affected community members throughout the Greater Erie region and Union City. Heading into the weekend, Red Cross workers will continue to be on the ground, assessing the individual needs of affected families and distributing meals and supplies.

As part of the continued disaster relief effort, the operation at the Union City Volunteer Fire Department (50 Second Avenue, Union City) will continue throughout tonight and tomorrow. Red Cross workers are operating an aid station at the VFD where area residents can stop in for water, meals, snacks and supplies. Additionally, Red Cross workers will be on site to discuss individual needs with affected families. The aid station will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The relief operation will likely continue into the weekend as the Red Cross assesses damage to the area, meets with affected families to address their individual immediate needs, and continues distribution of relief supplies.

“We will continue to be a resource for the community and to provide for the immediate needs of those who have been affected,” said Pam Masi, Executive Director of the local Red Cross. “As our efforts continue, we are grateful for monetary support from generous donors. As a nonprofit organization not funded by the government, we rely on donations to provide these vital services to our neighbors in need.”

Since Tuesday, the Red Cross has been serving meals and snacks in the shelter and affected neighborhoods, as well as distributing relief supplies – including clean-up kits, tarps and flashlights – to affected families. Additionally, nearly 15 individuals stayed overnight Tuesday in the Red Cross shelter at the VFD.

BE PREPARED Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad. The local Red Cross urges area residence to prepare now for future inclement weather events.

• People in areas at risk for storms should stay informed about changing weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.

• Download the free American Red Cross Tornado App, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. The app gives mobile device users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

• More information on tornado preparedness is also available at RedCross.org.

HOW TO HELP You can help local families and individuals affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods, fires and other crises by making a donation to local Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by visiting RedCross.org/Pa/Erie or calling the local Red Cross office at 814-833-0942. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

Those seeking more information about relief efforts or how they can get help can contact the local Red Cross at 814-833-0942.